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2010 Gulfi "Nerosanlorè" Nero d'Avola Sicilia

SKU #1311900 95 points Vinous

 Fully saturated ruby. Pure, very deep aromas of black cherry, red plum, medicinal herbs and minerals. Rich, dense and suave, with complex flavors of saline red berries and dark plum complicated by repeating botanical herb and balsamic nuances. Finishes seamless an long. A wine of noteworthy purity, with an excellent balance of sweetness, acidity and tannins. This is Gulfi's closest vineyard to the sea and almost always gives the estate's most elegant, refined wine. (ID)  (12/2015)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2017 | Send Email
A very serious wine here: almost brooding in character but with plenty of acidity for freshness. This is an intense dark ruby with baked plum, ripe berry, soy, smoke and a volcanic mineral finish.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2017 | Send Email
I literally wrote “Wow” in my tasting notebook for this wine. On the nose, mature fruit notes like dates, raisins, and dried cranberries with roses. On the palate, there’s serious structure and freshness with plush, smooth tannins.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2017 | Send Email
This wine has so much character, it was hard to pin it as just "nero d'avola." On the nose, it presents a sweet spice as well as a cooking spice, almost like rosemary, raspberries, and a touch of red bell pepper. The palate opens up with a darker fruit tone and a bit of salinity, which would make it a great pairing for lamb or even pasta with a buttery clam sauce.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2017 | Send Email
My first exposure to the wines of Gulfi was many years ago when I had the pleasure of meeting and tasting with owner Vito Catania and I've been smitten with his Nero d'Avolas ever since. I know of no one with any greater passion for Nero d'Avola and his are among the finest produced. His NeroSanlore is one of several old vines single vineyard wines he produces and is considered the most elegant of them. The 2010 is singing right now offering a stunning expression of Nero d'Avola with intense, sweet extract of baked plum and blackberry fruits carried across the palate by bright acidity. A pleasant saltiness cuts through while mild tannins add a bit of texture to this juicy, full bodied red with a long berry fruit finish. Enjoy this with rich tomato based sauces, Mediterranean style pastas, richer fish and lamb dishes.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2017 | Send Email
If you’re tired of simplistic Nero d’Avola and you’re willing to give Nero d’Avola one more chance this is your wine. Gulfi makes some of the best Nero d’Avola made, the Sanlore’ comes from a vineyard more than 60 years old scant meters from the Mediterranean and only 30 feet above sea level, in a head trained vineyard. This is one of the most Southerly points in Europe, it is actually south of the city of Tunis in Africa and this is the place for this grape. The nose is full of wild plum touched with a salty brine, it’s heady, thick like humid air. On the palate the wine shows a full, richly textured body while still demonstrating a facile, lively presence. The flavors are deep, pooling, still fruit, showing lots of dark fruit with a salty edge and finishes very clean. Wonderful flavors, balance in a supple, flowing wine, try this the next time you are grilling a New York steak!
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